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My My Mojito September 4, 2010

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OK, so we just posted Mojito Madness, but had to get these recipes over to you guys right away – well ok at least before we move on to a new topic.

I’ve done some experimenting with the Mojito because I am bound and determined to be able to mix a decent drink at home.  Nothing is better than a lazy Sunday at home with Husband and Cat just hanging out and making drinks.  Not that we do this often, but it is nice when we do!

Here’s what we’ve tried of the Mojito variety lately…

Traditional Mojito

¼ quarter of a lime, cut into wedges
5-6 mint leaves, whole without stems
1 tablespoon of superfine sugar (or simple syrup)
1-2 ounces of club soda
1-2 ounces of white rum
Ice – crushed or cubes

Throw the limes, mint, and sugar (or syrup) into a cocktail shaker and muddle well.  You really want to juice those limes and dissolve the sugar.  Next, add the club soda, rum, ice, and give it all a good shake.  Pour into a fun glass.  Garnish with a sugar along the rim or a simple lime wedge and sprig of mint.  This makes one drink.

Watermelon Mojito

¼ – ½ of a lime, cut into wedges
5-6 mint leaves, whole without stems
1 tablespoon of superfine sugar (or simple syrup)
¾ – 1 cup of watermelon, without seeds and cubed
2 ounces of white rum
Ice – crushed or cubes

In your cocktail shaker muddle the lime, mint, and sugar (or syrup).  If you’re using sugar, make sure it dissolves.  Then, add the club soda, rum, and ice.  Give everything a good shake.  Garnish with sugar along the rim and/or a wedge of watermelon and some mint.  This makes one drink.

Note on Ginger Watermelon Mojitos…

There’s also a ginger watermelon Mojito that we tried.  Use the same ingredients as above, but with a twist…ginger simple syrup!

I have always thought that watermelon goes really nicely with ginger.  If you’re so inclined, make a batch of ginger simple syrup (see our recipe for simple syrup and just infuse it with ginger), and use that instead of the plain superfine sugar or simple syrup.

Alright, this one really isn’t a Mojito in the most traditional sense of the drink, but it’s a fun variation.  I was in Florida for almost a month back in May and while I was down there, I came across 4 Orange Vodka.  While I was watching the local news with my parents, they featured a story on this spirit.  It’s vodka made WITH oranges – not with orange flavoring.  Nifty!  So, of course I had to get my hands on it.  This is what I did.

Orange Mojito

¼ – ½ an orange, cut into wedges
5-6 mint leaves, whole without stems
1 tablespoon of superfine sugar (or simple syrup)
2 ounces of club soda
2 ounces of 4 Orange Vodka
Ice – crushed or cubes

In your cocktail shaker muddle the lime, mint, and sugar.  Once the oranges are really juiced and the sugar is dissolved, add the club soda, vodka, and ice.  Give everything a good shake.  Garnish with an orange slice and sprig of mint.  This makes one drink.

Oh, and if you want to serve your drinks in chilled glasses, don’t forget to put them in the freeze for a bit (this is something I always forget.)

Let us know if you try any and what you like best!


Mojito Madness! August 30, 2010

Filed under: Drinks — queenbeeeatsforaday @ 7:51 am

After a long, much-needed break including a make-over of the hair kind, a quick getaway, and some easy, laid back days at home, I’m baack!  Thanks to those of you that left comments and emails asking of our return.  We love you, too.

Let’s jump right into the heart of this post…Mojitos.

When you want to kick back and relax with a cool drink in your hand on the summer weekends, what do you think of?  A lot of us think of Mojitos, charming little drinks they are.  Of course you love the refreshing lime flavor and kick of rum, but do you know anything else about them?  Maybe other than they taste delicious and were a favorite of Ernest Hemingway?

Mojitos as we know them today were born in Cuba, though the true origin is debated among food scholars.  Some believe that the original Mojito was actually the “El Draque” which was made with tafia, a primitive form of rum, and named for Sir Francis Drake.  The mint, lime, and sugar were most likely meant to hide the harsh taste of the alcohol.  Mind you, this is only one theory.

There are also debates over the origin of the name.  Many believe that it relates to mojo, a seasoning made from lime and prevalent in Cuba.  This makes sense to me.  Plus, if you think you’ve lost your Mojo, just have a Mojito!

OK, so getting back to the basics…

The Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball cocktail.  The basic five ingredients are white rum, sugar, lime, sparkling water, and mint.  There are many variations of this drink, including those made with fruit-flavored vodkas, spiced rum instead of white, and even different fruits!  Let’s get the party started!

Recipes will be shared in a separate post – we’ve got a few!


Independently Simple July 7, 2010

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Over the years I’ve seen plenty of recipes for homemade beverages and yummy cocktails that have called for simple syrup that’s I’ve simply avoided because I was afraid. Afraid of the simplicity of it, I suppose. Until now…until the 4th of July!

Independence Day 2010 included not only fireworks and simple syrup but plans with some Brooklyn-based friends who love good food, good times, and good drinks. They were doing the fantastic menu (corn salad, potatoes, tomato & mozzarella, coffee rubbed steak, and brownies for dessert) so we offered to bring the cocktails. Then I got to thinking, what’s the best outdoor, summery drink for the 4th of July?

Mojitos. Of course!

It was the perfect solution. They’re cool, refreshing, fruity, and sweet. They go down easy. And some recipes require simple syrup so I bit the bullet, pulled out my saucepans, sugar, and water.

I’m going to tell you a secret. They don’t call it “simple syrup” for nothing.

Here’s what you need – 1 part sugar, 1 part water, a stove, and a pot. That’s it!

Here’s what you do – Put the water and sugar into the saucepan and bring it to a boil. You can stir it once or twice, but just keep an eye on it until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Then, remove it from the heat, let it cool, and refrigerate for later use.

Here’s a hint or two – You know you’re on the right track as the liquid in the saucepan thickens and drips off your spoon or whisk in a stream. If it acts like syrup you’ve done good! For sweeter syrup, you can do 1 part water, 2 parts sugar. Oh, and simple syrup usually stays good for about a month in the fridge.

You can flavor the syrup with a couple of pieces of peeled ginger, lemon zest, or just about anything else to give it an extra kick.

That’s it. Super simple. Simple syrup.

Keep your eyes out for the upcoming post, Mojito Madness, to get your drink on.